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Amethyst Rivière Necklace and Earrings Suite


This gorgeous English Victorian suite, consisting of an oval amethyst rivière necklace and amethyst and diamond earrings, dates from the early to mid-19th century, when new sources of colored stones discovered in Brazil inspired European jewelers to create vibrant, gemmy jewels. The amethysts, which are gracefully and simply set in refined gold mounts known as “collets,” enhance the eye's reading of the necklace and earrings as a wearable river, with cascades of rich, sparkling purple gems. Sold exclusively as a matching set.


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Item #: STE-19416
Country: England
Circa: 1825-1850
Size: 17” length (necklace); 1.75” length, 0.375” width (earrings)
Materials: 20 Oval-cut amethysts (approximate total weight 220 carats) on Necklace; 2 Circular- and 2 pear-cut amethysts (approximate total weight 8.50 carats) on Earrings; 2 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.20 carat) on Earrings; 18K Gold; Together with fitted antique box
Literature: Similar amethyst rivière dating from the 2nd quarter of the 19th century is pictured in Understanding Jewelry, by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Woodbridge, UK: Antique Collectors’ Club, Ltd, p. 84


This regal and elegant set of amethyst jewelry dates from a revolutionary time, when social structures were loosening to reward the industry and intelligence of the broader society.